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A Summer's Tale (1996)

Conte d'été (original title)
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in ... See full summary »

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Éric Rohmer

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Éric Rohmer
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Complete credited cast:
Melvil Poupaud ... Gaspard
Amanda Langlet ... Margot
Gwenaëlle Simon Gwenaëlle Simon ... Solène
Aurelia Nolin Aurelia Nolin ... Léna
Aimé Lefèvre Aimé Lefèvre ... Le terre-neuvas
Alain Guellaff Alain Guellaff ... L'oncle Alan
Evelyne Lahana Evelyne Lahana ... La tante Maiwen
Yves Guérin Yves Guérin ... L'accordéoniste
Franck Cabot-David Franck Cabot-David ... Le cousin (as Franck Cabot)
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in town. She in turn introduces him to a further young lady who fancies him. Thus the quiet young lad finds he is having to do some tricky juggling in territory new to him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Trivia

Official selection. Un Certain Regard. Cannes Film Festival 1996. See more »

Quotes

Gaspard: I'm only myself with you.
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Follows A Tale of Winter (1992) See more »

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Le Forban
Performed by Philippe Eidel
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An excellent reflection on the value of friendship compared to that of light romances
3 December 1999 | by aileigcSee all my reviews

I'd say this film is an essay, regarding shyness, relations with the opposite sex, friendship and love. Being only based on the dialogues between different people, it's full of substance, and will definitely ask the viewer to think on the matter. I liked it so much because the people were real, the problem was real. Lots of people suffer problems of integration and self-achievement next to others and these have been thoroughly dealt with in the film.

Its main problems are how much is worth a summer romance next to a sincere friendship, and the importance of knowing exactly one's feelings and purposes (do I love her, or do I not ? Am I merely trying to have fun?).

In the end, we are faced with a line addressed to the main character that we can take for ourselves: "it was your own choice, think about it".

That's the main message: the director presents a problem, the dialogues delve deeply in several of its aspects but the conclusion of why things turned out as they did is left to us. In short, the viewer will certainly learn something from it, and that can even lead to deeper self-reflections on one's personal life. A valuable film, and an interesting lesson. Especially good for young people afraid of not finding that special one.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,863, 22 June 2014

Gross USA:

$198,126

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,126
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